The Q&A Archives: Montauk Daisies

Question: In the beginning of June, we transplanted a Montauk Daisy we planted last year. the leaves drooped and never came back up. I cut it back and we have one or two new shoots, but not much. The next week we moved another montauk daisy over about two feet i nthe garden. those leaves drooped too. That was about two days ago. I love these plantws and don't want to lose them. Did I kill them or will they come back? What did we do wrong?

Diana Annese

Answer: Your plants are suffering from severe transplant stress. Transplanting is best done very early in the season, just as the plants begin to grow. When you dig them you need to take all of the root system. Then replant immediately at the same depth and oriented or turned the same direction as it was before. Then water thoroughly to settle any air pockets at the roots.

At this point, the best you can do is keep the soil evenly moist like a wrung out sponge, not sopping wet and not dried out. Using an organic mulch over the root area can help keep the soil cool and moist. Do not fertilize them as this will add stress. Hopefgully they will be able to re-establish.

Good luck!

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